During a period of economic recovery, the search for a job can be frustrating and disappointing.
The current job market makes it hard for anyone to find employment but due to the many extra difficulties of the military lifestyle the scarcity of jobs hits them harder. To help counteract this problem, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) was launched.
Military spouses earn on average 25 percent less than their civilian counterparts and are plagued with high unemployment, according to My Military Life. Due to the instability of the military lifestyle, employers are hesitant to even consider a military spouse.
According to Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, military spouses “are turned away for jobs, not due to their qualifications or training, but due to the frequent moves their service member spouse is required to make.”
Created by The Department of Defense, the MSEP provides military spouses with a platform to connect with the corporations that are willing to hire them. Through the MSEP website, www.msepjobs.com, spouses can simply input their address and view the job opportunities in their area.
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership consists of corporations that have pledged their commitment to supporting military spouses.
According to the American Services Press Service, as part of the MSEP corporations agree to:
The goal of the MSEP is to offer military spouses the tools to be successful in their job search.
Additionally, to give military spouses a better chance of finding employment, 100 job fairs have been planned across the country. The first fair was held July 10, 2011.
Photo thanks to Fort Rucker via Flickr Creative Commons
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